The second mezzanine floor is home to the separate museum exhibition The english Residential Interior (19th-Early 20th Centuries). The main aim of the exhibition is to show the complex of objects that come together to form the furnishings of the interior. This includes furniture, works of decorative and applied art, sculptures and objects of everyday life dating from that period, without which it is impossible to imagine the residential interior. The exhibition also attempts to illustrate the stylistical evolution of the english interior over the entire course of the nineteenth century. The resulting exposition was created after a painstaking study of the wide iconographic material, archive documents and extensive memoir literature.
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STUDY / BOUDOIR, 1850s
The Study / Boudoir, 1850s (167 Kb)
The most popular, fashionable and wide-spread historical style in mid-nineteenth century Russia was "Second Rococo". While it was a direct imitation of the art of the middle of the eighteenth century, it did in fact employ only its motifs, forms and artistic effects. Second Rococo, or "a la Pompadour", as the style was also called in the nineteenth century, was popular among various classes of Russian society. The study/boudoir on exhibition in the Madame Pompadour style is typical of the furnishings in an aristocratic house. The furniture is veneered with rosewood, the colour and pattern of which harmonize with the gilt bronze finish and painted porcelain insets. Such costly and elegant furniture was manufactured in both St Petersburg and Paris and could only have belonged to wealthy owners. Much of the furniture in this interior was made by Russian masters. The porcelain insets were manufactured and painted at the Imperial Porcelain Factory. The walls are lined with painted panels The Games of Cupids in figured frames (T. Neff, 1850s). On the floor is a nineteenth century Persian carpet. Porcelain and bronze candelabra (Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, 1840s) adorn the corner bookshelves.
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